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PHIL 220 - Introduction to Eastern Philosophy

Credits: 5
Introduces students to eastern philosophies through philosophical, religious, and literary texts. Helps students understand the philosophical similarities and differences among these traditions, especially as they relate to reality, value, knowledge, the self and religion. Topics may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Legalism, Mohism, Daoism, and Neo-Confucianism.

Enrollment Requirement: Eligible for ENGL 99  or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts/English

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate command of important philosophical terminology, themes, and arguments related to Eastern philosophies from India, China, and Japan.
  2. State and evaluate non-trivial theories and arguments from various sources related to eastern Philosophy.
  3. Identify how Eastern philosophical traditions influence each other over time.
  4. Recognize the dominance of Western philosophical perspectives.
  5. Evaluate the suppression or denigration of Eastern philosophical perspectives.

Program Outcomes
Form, analyze, and assess beliefs while demonstrating intellectual humility and respect towards the beliefs of others.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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